September 18th, 2009 13:49 EST
Judyth Piazza chats with John Rasmus, Editor in Chief, National Geographic Adventure Magazine
Throughout his career as a magazine editor, John Rasmus has been influential in shaping the direction of contemporary adventure journalism. Formerly the editor of Outside and Men`s Journal magazines, Rasmus led the launch of National Geographic Adventure in April 1999. As editor in chief of Adventure, he has continued to help define the genre, publishing articles that have surprised readers, stirred debates and made headlines.
National Geographic Adventure is known for its literary excellence, publishing such writers as Tim Cahill, Philip Caputo, Laurence Gonzales, Robert Young Pelton, Sebastian Junger and David Quammen. Over the years, Rasmus published the first national magazine articles of such well-known writers as Quammen, Junger, Kira Salak and Jon Krakauer.
Since its launch, National Geographic Adventure has amassed a remarkable 13 National Magazine Award finalist nominations and has won the award four times, including for general excellence in 2002. In 2002 and 2005 Adventure was recognized as Best Travel Magazine by the Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition. The magazine has also won gold for Best Consumer Sports & Leisure Magazine at Folio`s Editorial Excellence Awards.
Rasmus leads an active lifestyle and has trekked in the Himalayas, white-water rafted in South America and hiked extensively in the United States and Europe. He resides in Chappaqua, N.Y.
The New Age of Adventure
National Geographic Adventure has published the best work by today`s finest writers, and this tenth anniversary anthology assembles an elite corps of authors that includes Sebastian Junger, Peter Matthiessen, Philip Caputo, and two dozen others. These reporters have voyaged to the ends of the earth to bring back the decade`s most thrilling, eccentric, and extraordinary tales. But the pieces collected here do more than paint a portrait of the world`s most extreme and fascinating environments "they also explore important questions about adventure in the 21st century.
These stories rocket readers across the roof of the world on the new high-speed railway in Tibet, describe the tension between Indian farmers and the sacred elephants besieging their villages, and introduce them to a shaman whom some believe can cure the most serious depressions. We meet the great Afghan warlord Ahmed Shah Massoud "said to have been the finest guerrilla fighter since Ho Chi Minh "encounter a yeti with legendary mountaineer Reinhold Messner, and much more.
This is a wide-ranging collection for every road warrior and adventurer "armchair or otherwise "culled from the much acclaimed journal that in its first ten years has won millions of devoted readers and garnered more than a dozen prestigious prizes for excellence in journalism.
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